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Wood Badge Congratulations

We are delighted that 11 adult volunteers have been recommended for wood badges during December and January. The wood badge recognises completion of the formal adult training scheme for Leaders, Supporters or Managers.

Norfolk Adult Volunteers have been recognised for their skills and competence.  Congratulations to the following 11 Norfolk Adult Leaders, Managers or Supporters who have been recommended for their Wood Badge during December and January after completing the necessary learning and knowledge validation for their role.

David George, North East Norfolk Section Leader Cubs
Karen Parkerson. North East Norfolk Assistant Section Leader Cubs
Cath Howes, North East Norfolk Assistant Section Leader Beavers
Karen Drury, North East Norfolk Section Leader Scouts
Aron Bailey, North East Norfolk Section Leader Scouts
Andrew Harrison, North East Norfolk Section Leader Cubs
Michael Price, Southern Norwich District Leader – Explorers
Michael Price, Assistant Unit Leader World Scout Jamboree
Penny Harris, Unit Leader World Scout Jamboree
Alicia Lovett, Southern Norfolk Assistant Section Leader Beavers
Anna Gulewich, Southern Norfolk Assistant Section Leader Scouts
Tracey Hills, Southern Norfolk Assistant Section Leader Cubs

What is the Wood Badge?
On the morning of 8 September 1919, 19 men dressed in short trousers and knee socks, their shirt sleeves rolled up, assembled for the first Scoutmasters’ training camp at Gilwell Park. The camp was designed and run by Robert Baden-Powell.

Afterwards, Baden-Powell gave each man a simple wooden bead from a necklace he had found in a Zulu chieftain’s deserted hut whilst on campaign in South Africa in 1888. The Scoutmasters’ training course was a great success, and continued to be held year after year. Wood Badge recipients now number more than 100,000 and can be found in all corners of the world.

The Wood Badge is a Scouting programme and award for adults in the Scout associations around the world.

The Wood Badge course is designed so that adult Scouters can learn; in as practical a way possible, the skills and methods of Scouting. On completion, participants are awarded the beads to recognise their significant achievement in leadership and direct service to young people, and to welcome them to membership of the 1st Gilwell Park Scout Group.

Although the programme has changed over the years, the essence of the original Wood Badge still remains. Adults use their new and existing knowledge and skills to complete training, which is designed to strengthen the individual and the quality of Scouting they can provide to young people.

When an Adult decides to change the role they do in Scouting, they work to complete a new Wood Badge to re-affirm their understanding demonstrate their increased competence in the new role they are engaged with.